Alaska Bar Exam Information

Alaska Bar Exam Information


Law Examiners Committee
Alaska Bar Association
P.O. Box 100279
Anchorage, AK 99510-0279

(907) 272-7469


Subjects and Topics Tested

Alaska is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction. The UBE consists of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The Alaska bar exam may test the following subjects:

MEE Subjects

  • Agency & Partnership
  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the Alaska bar exam is 260 on a 400-point scale. The MBE is weighted 50%. The MEE is weighted 30%, and the MPT is weighted 20%.

Bar Exam Dates

The Alaska bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

Alaska bar exam results are typically released 90 days after the exam. February Alaska bar exam results are certified by April 15th. July exam results are certified by September 15th. The Secretary of the Board of Commissioners of the Alaska State Bar will notify exam takers whether they passed the exam. If an exam taker fails the exam, they will receive as notice that includes their scaled scores on the exam’s components and raw scores on its written components.

Bar Exam Format

The Uniform Bar Exam (adopted by Alaska), has the written components on Tuesday and the multiple choice component (MBE) on Wednesday

Tuesday
During the 3-hour morning session, 2 MPT questions are administered. This allows an average of 1.5 hours to complete each. During the three-hour afternoon session, 6 MEE questions are administered, allowing an average of 1.5 hours to answer each essay question.

Wednesday
100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

Reciprocity

Upon motion, the State of Alaska allows for admission to the Alaska Bar without sitting for the bar exam, upon fulfillment of several conditions that include:

  • having obtained an initial law degree from an approved law school;
  • having passed a written bar exam required by another reciprocal jurisdiction; and
  • having practiced law in one or more United States jurisdictions for five of the past seven years.

If an applicant fulfills all of the other requirements and has attained a scaled UBE score of at least 280 in another jurisdiction within 5 years before the date of their application to the Alaska Bar Association, then the applicant may be admitted to the Alaska Bar Association.

 

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